Pols Invade YouTube ... Badly

Congress' channel filled with awkward clips
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2009 2:14 PM CDT

Congress got its own YouTube channel 2 months ago, allowing politicians to beef up contact with voters—but instead they're just floundering, the Daily Telegraph reports. Clips seem more awkward than anything else, analysts say. Many lawmakers ramble too long in speeches; other videos are just plain weird, like Nancy Pelosi’s video of a pair of cats exploring the Capitol.

The clip features a sudden cut to Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up,” echoing an internet phenomenon known as “Rickrolling.” “The problem for Nancy Pelosi, or anyone who tries to do this, is that you can’t fake authenticity,” said a political tech expert.
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